I knew something had to change. I couldn’t go on as I was.
Sick and dying just a bit more each day, being kept alive on I.V. hydration and nutrition. Truthfully, I came to the point where if this was all my life was going to be, I wasn’t sure I wanted to live it.
I could no longer be the doer, the go-getter, the doctor, the wife, or the mother. About all I could DO was sleep, pray, watch sermons online, and listen to praise and worship music 24X7. I began to lose my identity.
Slowly I began to slip down the slippery avalanche into the pit of despair, into the valley of depression…
Like never before I related to David’s oft repeated words, “Why so downcast Oh my soul?”
Darkness was all I could see. Simple things like brushing my teeth and taking my vitamins took way too much effort…more than I could muster.
At first I couldn’t sleep and all I wanted to do was eat, but by the end, all I wanted to do was sleep the day away, and I could no longer eat.
Outwardly I wasted away. My body was a mere shell of its former self. I had dwindled from 113 pounds to a skeletal 74 pounds, unable to keep any food or liquid down, and dependent on IV’s to do that for me.
On the night before surgery, a dear friend and mentor called to pray for me…
For the rest of my story of how I found hope while experiencing depression, continue reading at KimAldrich.com
For a Free eBook on How to Help a Depressed Loved One, click here: https://drmichellebengtson.com/how-to-help-a-depressed-loved-one-ebook/
For more helpful information about what you need to know when you have a depressed loved one, read here: https://drmichellebengtson.com/10-things-to-know-if-you-have-a-depressed-loved-one/
For more about what not to say to a depressed loved one, read here: https://drmichellebengtson.com/what-not-to-say-when-a-loved-one-is-depressed/ while here are suggestions about supportive things you can say to a depressed loved one: https://drmichellebengtson.com/what-to-say-when-a-loved-one-is-depressed/
Ask Dr. B a Question.
Complete and Send the form below to submit a question for Dr. B to answer on a future Ask Dr. B post.
Please do not send any sensitive or confidential information in this form.